FIT Precollege Program Day 1

HEY!! Let me tell you about my day, it was fabulous!

My parents signed my sister Nicole and I up for a week long precollege class at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), a college in NYC that specializes in everything fashion! It was a super exciting experience for us both because it’s something completely new and different from everything we have ever done before!

It takes a little while to get from where we live to the FIT campus. We have to take a train and then two subways to get there; we have to get up pretty early, but I guess that is all part of the experience so I’m not complaining!

I’m taking a ‘Public Relations for Fashion’ class and it is all about branding, PR for the fashion industry, and product placement. Even though today was the very first day I can already tell that this week is going to be awesome. This past year, I took a marketing class as an elective in my school and I enjoyed it a lot which is good because the FIT class is similar to that, but with a fashionable twist! SCORE!

My teacher is also pretty cool so that’s definitely a plus and all of the girls in my class are soo sweet (and they’re from all over the world!). One of the girls in my class is from Saudi Arabia, whoa!

I’m totally stoked for tomorrow’s class. We are going to take a quick field trip to The Brooks Agency which is a major PR agency in NYC and then, in the afternoon, a surprise guest speaker is going to come and give some inside info about the business! CAN’T WAIT!

I will definitely keep everyone updated, so check back soon! (:

Seventeen Magazine Keeps It Real

I have always been a tad skeptical when it came to the extent of photoshopping in teen magazines like any other person would be. Many companies have recently been put under fire due to over-editing their photos and ads and creating an unrealistic role model for teens everywhere (no one is expected to be a size 00 or to have long, lean legs!).

I must say I was super- duper relieved when Seventeen Magazine published in their latest issue that they keep their photoshopping to a minimum. The editor of this amazing mag, Ann Shoket, wrote on page 12 that yes, they do edit their pictures but they only make minor changes, anything more than that is not necessary. Ann wrote that “…we retouch images- removing wrinkles in fabric, stray hairs, a few zits, random bra straps- but we never alter the way the girls on our pages really look.” (Reassuring, right?!) Ann and Seventeen Magazine team are dedicated to showcasing how naturally beautiful girls are and assuring that their bodies and minds are both healthy.

It makes me feel so much better that all of the content is encouraging, realistic, and virtually unchanged. I also love that the mag features girls of all shapes, sizes, and skin tones!

The pictures on the right show the changes the editors make to their pictures; there aren’t any drastic changes and only minor things are altered. Go Seventeen Magazine!!

My Unhealthy Obsession With Neons and Brights

Lately my sights have been set on everything neon and bright. Whether it’s flip flops, jewelry, or nail polish I’m pretty much drawn to everything vibrant and the summer season is the perfect season to wear these blindingly bright colors. I rarely ever leave my house without one of my MANY pairs of colorful Old Navy flip flops (I have so many pairs in so many different colors!). I always have tons of bracelets on my wrists: friendship bracelets, watches, charm bracelets, wristbands, you name it! Also, most everything in my closet is as bright as can be!

The one thing I don’t think I could live without at the moment is NEON NAIL POLISH. I love it. You can’t go wrong with nail polish, anything goes! You can alternate colors, do polka dots or stripes,  and even use weird colors like green or white. At the moment I have on the Twiggie by Color Club.  Some of my other faves are Coral Reef by Sally Hanson, I Eat Mainely Lobster by OPi, and Savage by Sinful Colors.

More is coming soon!